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Old 01-08-2016, 05:57 PM   #16
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You need to check on the grounding issue before you even pour your footings. The UFER ground is becoming more common and requires rods be installed in the footings. I think some jurisdictions require this method for new builds.
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You need to check on the grounding issue before you even pour your footings. The UFER ground is becoming more common and requires rods be installed in the footings. I think some jurisdictions require this method for new builds.
In my area, a 20'+ length of 6 awg (200A load center) layed at the bottom of the slab fits the bill.

I did that with my addition as well as the existing ground rod at the front of the house and a new ground rod in the craw space. I used that ground rod as a connection point for the front ground.

I'm contemplating removing the ground wires from it and using it just for my antenna ground.
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Here's an idea. Find a retired electrician to advise you. You do the actual work to his instructions. You might find the cost very reasonable and you can do it correctly and efficiently. Arizona must have a large number of retired electricians. I plan to move there myself in the new few years. I'd jump at the chance to help out someone like you for some extra cash.

I agree with the others who told you to check with the power company before doing any planning or purchasing.
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In my area, a 20'+ length of 6 awg (200A load center) layed at the bottom of the slab fits the bill.

I did that with my addition as well as the existing ground rod at the front of the house and a new ground rod in the craw space. I used that ground rod as a connection point for the front ground.

I'm contemplating removing the ground wires from it and using it just for my antenna ground.
Your antenna ground should not be separate from your house ground. All grounds need to be tied together.
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The Ufer needs to be in the bottom of the footer in direct earth contact, not in a slab.
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Here's an idea. Find a retired electrician to advise you. You do the actual work to his instructions. You might find the cost very reasonable and you can do it correctly and efficiently. Arizona must have a large number of retired electricians. I plan to move there myself in the new few years. I'd jump at the chance to help out someone like you for some extra cash.

I agree with the others who told you to check with the power company before doing any planning or purchasing.
That is a good idea!! I will try to find a retired electrician for advise and check my work before turning power ON.

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Here's an idea. Find a retired electrician to advise you. You do the actual work to his instructions. You might find the cost very reasonable and you can do it correctly and efficiently. Arizona must have a large number of retired electricians. I plan to move there myself in the new few years. I'd jump at the chance to help out someone like you for some extra cash.

I agree with the others who told you to check with the power company before doing any planning or purchasing.
Are you going to carry liabilty insurance while your advising others about electrical work?
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Are you going to carry liabilty insurance while your advising others about electrical work?
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Here's an idea. Find a retired electrician to advise you. You do the actual work to his instructions. You might find the cost very reasonable and you can do it correctly and efficiently. Arizona must have a large number of retired electricians. I plan to move there myself in the new few years. I'd jump at the chance to help out someone like you for some extra cash.

I agree with the others who told you to check with the power company before doing any planning or purchasing.
If they have retired there is a good chance that they are not keeping up with the code changes.
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If they have retired there is a good chance that they are not keeping up with the code changes.
Perhaps. Or not. I'm retired and my 24 hour continuing education course begins in 2 weeks. I see no sense in allowing my license to lapse. So there is an equally good chance they are keeping up with the code changes.
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The person doing the work needs to have and understand the current codes. Most of the changes have been with the devices themselves. GFIC, AFIC, and TR. The actual wiring is pretty much the same. I have a book that is over 30 years old, and it is fine as long as you compare it to the latest codes.

BTW- Shop around for the best prices on devices. The only thing the big box stores were competitive on was the actual cable itself.
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Thanks All,
Have you guys used a software to help you break down the circuits for a new house wiring..or should I just used the electrical plan itself? I am asking because in addition that I am doing the electrical work, I am also an electrical Engineer student and if there is something software wise, that I can learned and help me later after graduation will be great..

Where is a good website/store where you guys things I can find better prices on devices?

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If you have a detailed electric plan I would go with that. Good luck to you. Be sure you and your technical adviser are aware of any state and local codes which may be required in addition to the national codes. And make sure your home owners insurance will cover the home with you doing the work yourself.
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If you have a detailed electric plan I would go with that. Good luck to you. Be sure you and your technical adviser are aware of any state and local codes which may be required in addition to the national codes. And make sure your home owners insurance will cover the home with you doing the work yourself.
I just spoke with my homeowners insurance and they told me that as long it passes inspection, it should not be a problem. I should be treated as a regular customers.. Nice!! I got scare for a little bit
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That's usually the case, but it's best to check.
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